But the greatest abuse has come from the doctrine of the zaddik.
All and everything that the zaddik does and thinks has a decided influence upon the382 upper and lower worlds.
Chassidism and its necessary dependence upon the zaddik offered the masses the means of this forgetfulness of self through faith.
The Deity reveals Himself especially in the acts of the zaddik; even his most trifling deeds are to be considered important.
The wealthy Chassidim regarded it as a duty to support the zaddik liberally.
The zaddik was also to bear himself proudly towards men; all this was "for the glory of God."
Whoever desired to enter upon a hazardous transaction consulted the zaddik as an oracle, and had to pay for his counsel.
The zaddik, however miserly he might be, had to assist the poor and distressed with his revenues.